Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Earthquake - USA (California) OCT

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck in a rural area about 9 miles northeast of San Jose, California, Silicon Valley's biggest city, on Tuesday night, causing minor damage.

The earthquake was felt across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond just before 8:05 p.m. (11:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday).

There were no immediate reports of major damage but the San Jose Mercury News Web site reported phone service failed in a part of Palo Alto, home to Hewlett-Packard computer company and Stanford University.

It said the quake caused minor damage and residents poured out of apartments in downtown San Jose to survey the damage. San Jose in the 10th most populous U.S. city.

"It was pretty significant. you could actually hear the rumbling of the ground. It was a good shake," said Nick Muyo, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department.

Asked about damage, he said he knew of "nothing other than things tipping off cabinets and dressers."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred on the Calaveras Fault, located east of the San Andreas Fault along which some of the most destructive earthquakes in California have struck -- including one in 1906 which, together with a subsequent fire, destroyed much of San Francisco.

Residents of San Francisco, 50 miles north of San Jose, and Stockton, the same distance to the east, reported feeling Tuesday's quake.

Jeff Brown, a spokesman for video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc based in Redwood Shores, 25 miles north of San Jose, said: "There's no damage but a couple people are there and they said the curtains banged against the windows and the building creaked. They definitely felt it."

The quake occurred at a depth of 5.7 miles, according to the USGS. - Source

Earthquake - N. Mariana Islands (Saipan) OCT

CANBERRA, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- A magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Wednesday hit the Northern Mariana Islands, but the islands' Emergency Management Office said there is no threat of a tsunami.

Reports reaching here said the quake was located 408 km north of Saipan and 93 km north, northwest of the volcanic island of Pagan.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, with the depth of 248.3 km, occurred at 13:30 local time Wednesday (0330 GMT).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio reported that buildings in Saipan, the main island of the Northern Marianas, swayed for a few seconds as the quake jolted the chain of tiny islands. Work and classes were momentarily interrupted.

Last month, two strong quakes also jolted the Marianas region which refers to Guam and the Northern Marianas. - Source

Flood - India (Andhra Pradesh) OCT

Heavy rains continued to batter south coastal Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday as the death toll in the flash floods under the impact of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal rose to 14.

The worst-hit districts of Nellore and Prakasam as well as Chittoor and Kadpa continued to receive heavy rains for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the flash floods wreaked havoc, inundating dozens of villages, damaging crops and disrupting road and rail traffic in the region.

As many as 50,000 people from low-lying areas have been evacuated and shifted to about 50 relief camps set up by authorities in the four districts.

In Kadapa district, all-night efforts with rescue teams summoned from Chennai and Bangalore brought to safety 18 passengers of an RTC bus.

Two home guards who went in to rescue were among four people found dead.

''According to the bus conductor, there are dead bodies in the bus of a lady and a man,'' said M T Krishna Babu, Collector, Kadapa district.

Nearly one hundred relief camps have been opened in Nellore district, that has borne the fury of the northeast monsoon. And the over 32000 people taking shelter in the camps cannot return home immediately as the Met department has predicted more rain.

''All low-lying areas are flooded. We evacuated people living there to shelters and are looking after their food requirements,'' said M Ravichandra, Collector, Nellore district.

Road traffic has been affected in several areas. The South Central Railway cancelled 20 Express trains on Monday and five on Tuesday.

About a dozen buses, trucks and other vehicles were caught in flash floods in the affected districts. Local authorities rescued most of the people travelling in these vehicles.

However, four members of a marriage party travelling in a private bus were washed away near Naidupeta in Nellore when the vehicle was caught in swirling waters.

Villagers rescued four people by a boat but four others drowned when the bus turned upside down and was washed away.

Rivulets, streams and tanks are overflowing in the four districts due to heavy rains and flash floods, which have damaged standing crops over a large area.

Meanwhile, weathermen have forecast more rains in south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema and north coastal Tamil Nadu due to the low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.

Officials said strong winds with a speed of 40 to 50 km per hour were blowing along the coast. The fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea, which remained rough.

Heavy rains and floods have claimed over 100 lives in two spells in the state since June. Andhra Pradesh has a coastline of over 1,000 km that has seen repeated floods, storms and cyclones in recent times. (With Agency inputs) - Source

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Drought - Australia (Sydney) OCT

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's wheat, barley and canola winter crops were again revised lower Tuesday due to the severity of the long-running drought, the country's official forecaster said.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics said the winter wheat crop for 2007/08 would drop from the September estimate of 15.5 million tonnes to 12.1 tonnes due to a lack of drenching rains.

Barley would fall from a projected 5.9 million tonnes to 5.0 million tonnes and canola drop from 1.1 million tonnes to 900,000 tonnes, it said.

The bureau said rainfall during the crucial September to October period had been well below average in the country's main grain-growing regions, with some areas of New South Wales recording their lowest ever levels for those months.

"This lack of rainfall, combined with hotter than average daytime temperatures and strong winds, has led to the rapid deterioration of crop yield potential and in many areas has resulted in total crop failure," ABARE executive director Phillip Glyde said.

The three major crops of wheat, barley and canola will amount to 18.0 million tonnes for the year -- about 42 percent below the five-year average but still 4.0 million tonnes above the previous year's output, the bureau said.

ABARE said poor pasture growth and high feedgrain prices had also forced farmers battling the worst drought in a century to continue to reduce stock numbers.

But the bureau said the outlook for summer crop production was promising, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology suggesting above-average rainfall is likely for some farming regions.

In September the bureau said the drought, which has stretched to seven years in some parts of the country, was expected to slash wheat production in the coming year by a third from 22.5 million tonnes to 15.5 million tonnes. - Source

Earthquake - USA (Seattle) OCT

SEATTLE — A small earthquake with a 2.7 magnitude was recorded at 10:55 p.m. Sunday about three miles northwest of Tonasket, according to the University of Washington's Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

It could be felt in the area but there are no reports of damage. - Source

Earthquake - Turkey (Denizli) OCT

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 shook Denizli on Monday, a seismology center said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The epicenter of the quake was near the town of Çameli, in Denizli province, the İstanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said. Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, much of which lies atop the active North Anatolian fault. Two devastating earthquakes killed about 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey in 1999. In 2003, an earthquake measuring at a magnitude of 6.4 caused the collapse of a school dormitory in Bingöl, in southeast Turkey, killing 83 children. - Source

Earthquake - Nepal (Kathmandu) OCT

AN earthquake measuring 5.0 shook parts of central Nepal today, sending panic-stricken residents out of their homes in the capital Kathmandu, officials said.

The epicentre of the tremor was located about 40km north of Kathmandu, a National Seismological Centre official said.

The quake lasted a few seconds and was felt in the hill-ringed capital city, home to more than 1.5 million people.

“I was having my tea when the ground started to shake. I left the cup of tea and rushed out,” said Shanta Nepal, a Kathmandu housewife.

Police said there was no immediate report of damage or injuries.

More than 700 people were killed in an earthquake in east Nepal in 1988. - Source

Volcano - Hawaii (Hilo) OCT

HILO, Hawaii — Lava flowing from a new vent on Kilauea volcano's s eastern flank is now feeding into a lava tube that could allow it to travel farther and faster, geologists have confirmed.

The formation of tubes can be worrisome because they insulate the lava, which has advanced 1.5 miles from the end of the open lava channel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and let it flow farther.

But Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's daily assessment that "there are no immediate threats directly from lava flows" remained unchanged, meaning thousands of residents near the volcano. Puna residents remain at a safe distance.

Kilauea has been erupting for 24 years. On July 21, a new outbreak of lava occurred to the east of Puu Oo vent. It was the first time lava erupted in the area outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since 1992.

This new vent started out as an aa flow, characterized by a rough, broken and sharp surface.

But the hotter lava promotes the formation of pahoehoe flows, which has a smoother surface created by the movement of fluid lava under a congealing crust.

The new eruption site is situated on lands adjacent to the park in the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve, which is administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Access to the remote area, which is not accessible by car, is closed to the public. - Source

Monday, October 29, 2007

Firestorm - USA (California) OCT

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Flood - China (Jiangxi) OCT

At least 10 people were trapped underground after a local colliery where they were working was flooded early Sunday, coal mine safety watchdog in east China's Jiangxi Province confirmed.

The flood occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday at Lingxian coal mine, a township-owned mine in Le'an County of central Jiangxi, said an official with the local coal mine safety administration.

Preliminary investigations show at least 12 people were working underground, and only two managed to escape, the official said, adding that they are still trying to find out the accurate number of trapped miners.

The mine's license has not expired, he said. - Source

Flood - Israel (Tel Aviv) OCT

“Israel will face a severe water shortage by 2040,” says Dr. Wolfgang Seiler. He will present this claim at a lecture at the International Water Technologies and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference - Watec 2007 in Tel Aviv this week. Seiler will be a guest of Netafim Ltd., one of the conference sponsors. He is a former director of Germany’s Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, and serves on several international climate research committees, including a joint committee of Tel Aviv University and Germany’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Seiler says that the coming water shortage will be the result of global warming. He adds that melting glaciers will raise the sea level by at least 50 centimeters. This will cause flooding of coastal cities, including in Israel, affecting millions of people. He adds that global warming will change atmospheric cycles, which will change the global precipitation regime. This will greatly affect agriculture, nature, and the condition of the world’s forests. Deliveries of clean drinking water to populations in many parts of the world, especially coastal regions, will suffer.

Seiler says that one of the most important consequences of climate change, which has not yet attracted much attention, is the increasing frequency of extreme meteorological phenomena, such as floods, drought, storms, and avalanches. These events will undoubtedly affect the lives of millions of people. - Source

Landslide - Scotland (Loch Lomond) OCT

A long stretch of the A83 has been shut after a major landslide at the Rest and be Thankful road, west of Loch Lomond.

A section of the A83, starting northbound at Ardgarten and southbound to Lochgoilhead, will be closed until further notice.

A total of 400 tons of soil and rock, loosened by several months of rainfall, tumbled down onto the road at about 0300 GMT on Sunday. No-one was injured.

A subsequent landslip on the underside of the road then took place.

No vehicles were on the road at the time.

Geotechnical staff are assessing the damage to the road and what steps might be necessary to secure it.

The effect of further heavy rainfall forecast overnight will also be monitored. Road maintenance company Transerv said it does not know when it will reopen.

A landslip at the same place three years ago led to the road's closure for a couple of days. - Source

Hurricane - Haiti OCT

MIAMI (Reuters) - The 14th named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, Noel, formed on Sunday in the Caribbean and was expected to drench impoverished and vulnerable Haiti with potentially deadly rains, forecasters said.

The storm, which had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, was moving slowly toward Haiti's southwestern peninsula and was then expected to head toward southeastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

While the storm's track was highly uncertain, the center forecast it was likely to make a sharp turn to the northeast near the end of the week and head out over the Bahamas into the Atlantic rather than into the Gulf of Mexico, where critical oil and gas facilities are located.

It was also unclear whether the storm would have an opportunity to strengthen into a hurricane with winds of at least 74 mph because that would depend on whether it stayed over warm water or spent more time over land.

By 2:15 p.m. EDT, Noel was located around 150 miles south-southeast of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, and it was moving to the north-northwest at 5 mph, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

Storms alerts were posted for Haiti, parts of southeast Cuba, and for Jamaica.

The hurricane center said potentially dangerous amounts of rain -- 8 inches to 12 inches with isolated downpours of up to 20 inches -- could be expected over parts of Hispaniola, southeast Cuba and Jamaica.

Tropical storms do not pose much of a threat to developed countries, but their rains can be life-threatening in poor areas. Haiti in particular is vulnerable to deadly flash floods and mudslides because most of its forests have been chopped down to make charcoal.

Around 3,000 people died in the port city of Gonaives in 2004 when Tropical Storm Jeanne passed to the north of Haiti on its way to hit Florida as a hurricane.

The six-month hurricane season runs until the end of November. The peak of the season, in September, was unusually quiet but the development of a La Nina weather phenomenon in the equatorial Pacific has the potential to make late-season storms more likely than in other years, experts say.

So far the season has spawned four hurricanes, two of which became potentially catastrophic maximum-strength Category 5 storms before slamming into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Central America. - Source

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Volcano - Philippines (Sorsogon) OCT

MANILA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least five villages were relocated on early Tuesday as heavy rains triggered volcanic mud flows along the restive Bulusan volcano in eastern Philippines.

"Lahar and boulders came down the mountain. There was some panic among the residents. Cars cannot pass through here in MonbonBliss (in Monbon village). The highway has been affected, vehiclescannot move," local news network GMA-TV quoted Crispulo Diolata Jr,science research assistant of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), as saying.

Crispulo said as Bulusan volcano did not explode or spurn out ashes on Monday night, what fell from the volcano were ash deposits and boulders.

Resident volcanologist Bella Tobianosa said 54 millimeters of rain was recorded at the region on Monday night. Aside from Monbon, she said the volcanic mud and debris flow also affected four villages in neighboring Irosin, a small town with a population of 45,507, GMA-TV said.

Earlier this month, Phivolcs warned residents near Bulusan volcano to watch out for possible mud flows after ash explosions recorded as early as October 4. - Source

Landslide - Nigeria (Adamawa) OCT

Sixty eight farmers in Sili-Centa village in Guyuk Local Government of Adamawa, have lost farmlands following a landslide, the council’s chairperson, Mrs Wilbina Jackson, said.

Jackson told newsmen in Guyuk, headquarters of the council, that the incident which occurred fortnight ago, claimed farmlands worth millions of naira after a loud explosion.

She said that though no life was lost, the victims lost their only means of livelihood.

According to her, the affected areas were the most agriculturally productive sites within the council.

Jackson called on the Federal Government to send experts to the affected areas to determine the actual phenomenon.

Two farmers, Demas Alinco and Lenus Glastone who lost their farmlands, that they heard a loud sound, accompanied by thick smoke.

They also said that fears of the unknown had forced some elders of the community to seek spiritual solutions.

According to them, some other elders have attributed the disaster to the anger of their ancestors and gods.

Meanwhile, some Christian and Muslim leaders have also offered special prayers in churches and mosques, seeking God’s forgiveness and intervention.

The District Head of Chikila, Mr Ginka Friya, said that the incident started gradually on September 30 and climaxed with the recent incident when the affected areas experienced a downpour.

Friya recalled a similar experience in 1964 but said the recent incident had a greater impact.

He called for the relocation of the victims, and urged the government to erect a building for the victims.

Dr Paul Michaullum, a geographer and one time minister during the Second Republic, who hails from the area, described the incident as a “potential disaster”.

Michaullum said the incident was more of a slide as the area constituted more of “very high mountains and deep valleys”.

The Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Median Teneke, said that the residents may be relocated to a safer place pending the assessment of the problem by the Federal Government and international experts.

A visit to four sites of the slide in Sili-centa revealed deep cracks, gullies and submerged farmlands while the residents had deserted their farms.

Mr Otiji Phillip, the chief geologists in charge of the Geological Survey Department, Yola, Adamawa, said that the incident was the falling off of truncated rocks along the Atlantic Ocean.

“The incident could only be a landslide or mud fall.

“Guyuk, Demsa, Numan, Lamurde, Girei, Yola South and North, Fofure, and part of Song have huge bolder rocks, mostly sedimentary types and fragile.

“They can easily crumble and fall through a channel created by water erosion.

“Song, Hong, Gombi, Maiha, Toungo, Jada, Mayo-Belwa, Mubi South and North, Michika and Madagali are situated on igneous rock and these are areas you can expect volcanic eruption but they too are dormant.

“Soft rocks have a tendency to slide over one another especially during rainy season, equally swollen clay when it has soaked enough water can trigger off a slide.”

“The incident is sometimes accompanied by loud noise and debris that raise a lot of dust that may be mistaken for smoke,” Phillip explained.

The geologist called on the residents not to entertain fear of any earth tremor or volcanic eruption.

He said that landslides were common in highland areas including Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Plateau and Taraba States.

He disclosed that panyam area in Plateau was the only currently active volcano site in the country while all other sites that had erupted long ago were now dormant.

Phillip said that a survey conducted by him on Biu mountains in Borno State revealed that most of the rocks have been weathered and their vicious blocked, indicating that there was no imminent eruption.

It would be recalled that there were some reported cases of possible volcanic eruptions in Maiha and Sahuda in parts of Adamawa in 1992 and 1993.

Similar incidents mistaken for either earthquake or volcanic eruption were also reported on Mver and Maisamari hills on the Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna Local Government, Taraba State in 1994 and 2004, respectively. - Source

Volcano - Indonesia (Sunda) OCT

Three volcanos in Indonesia - including the one known as the Child of Krakatoa - are under close watch following heightened activity.

The alert on Mount Anak Krakatau was raised to the second-highest level on Friday.

Indonesia's Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation made the move after the volcano threw up showers of ash.

The volcano, which lies in the Sunda strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, is about 80 miles west of the capital Jakarta. - Source

Earthquake - Greece (Athens) OCT

ATHENS, Greece: A magnitude 5 earthquake rattled southwestern Greece on Saturday, affecting areas ravaged by deadly August forest fires. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injury.

Seismologists at the University of Thessaloniki said the undersea quake occurred at 8:32 a.m. (0532GMT), 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of Athens.

"Earthquakes of this magnitude are not uncommon in this part of the country ... We will have to wait for one or two days before we can say that this was the main earthquake," said Efthymios Lekkas, professor of geology at Athens University.

The quake struck in an area affected by the country's worst wildfires on record. At least 65 people died in the blazes between Aug. 24 and Sept. 3. - Source

Earthquake - Pakistan (Kashmir) OCT

SRINAGAR: A moderate intensity quake measuring 5.1 on the richter scale shook the Kashmir valley on Friday.

The tremor was recorded at 1220 hours in Srinagar and adjoining areas, a spokesman at the divisional disaster management control room said.

There were no reports of any damage or casualty, he said. The epicenter of the quake was located 35.8 degree north latitude and 76.9 degree east longitude on the Indo-China border of Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman said.

Kashmir is placed in seismic zone five, making it highly vulnerable to earthquakes. - Source

Tornado - Australia (NSW) OCT

AN area of the New South Wales north coast damaged by storms has been declared a natural disaster zone.

Large hailstones and destructive winds battered the towns of Dunoon, Lismore, Grafton, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby on Friday.

The NSW government has estimated that the storms caused about $1 million worth of damage and has declared the Lismore City Council area a natural disaster zone, triggering a range of financial assistance for individuals, businesses and councils.

The State Emergency Service (SES) logged more than 100 calls for assistance in the wake of the storm, which was the second wave of severe weather to hit the area during the past three weeks.

Crews have worked around the clock to remove fallen trees, cover damaged roofs with tarps and provide assistance to residents.

Dunoon, 10km north of Lismore, was hardest hit by the storm with a mini tornado tearing through the town.

It severely damaged 20 homes and buildings. The town was also left without electricity until yesterday afternoon.

Acting NSW Emergency Services Minister Verity Firth said emergency services had responded quickly to calls for help and put in a huge effort in the clean-up.

"In times of trouble, whether it be storms, floods, other natural disasters or accidents, the SES volunteers and members of other emergency services are always ready to help those in need," she said.

"Their hard work and commitment to protecting their community deserves the highest praise." - Source

Tornado - USA (Florida) OCT

A tornado pummeled Pensacola, Florida, Thursday, severely damaging a church with an attached day care center, destroying homes and leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power, the mayor said.

"We had about 15 or 20 minutes notice from the weather service that Doppler radar indicated that there was, in fact, a rotation in this one severe thunderstorm," Mayor John Fogg said.

"We aren't used to tornadoes in this area."

The day care center next to the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church "took a direct hit," but the children already had been moved to a safer location, said Glenn Austin, spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Video showed frantic, tearful parents rushing into the building to get their children.

Christie Fayard said she and her co-workers saw the tornado from their building about two miles away.

"We took cover. We just went to a break room and let it pass," said Fayard, who is the sister of CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera.

After the storm passed, Fayard left work and saw a vehicle overturned in a Target store parking lot.

"We had ample warning," Fayard said. "I think the local media did a great job [warning people]."

Another Pensacola resident who saw the twister pass said it made a frightening noise.

"It sounded creepy, like a bunch of cars were driving over my house," Leeann Franzonne told The Associated Press.

The tornado was spotted about 9 a.m. and dissipated about 40 minutes later, Austin said. It moved roughly from southwest to northeast, with the biggest apparent damage in the southwest, where older suburbs are located.

The twister followed a skipping pattern, sporadically receding into the clouds and then touching down again. Video Watch where the storm ripped through Pensacola »

It battered many buildings downtown, blew the roofs off sections of Cordova Mall northeast of downtown, and damaged Pensacola Junior College, where classes were canceled for the rest of the day. Photo See more photos of the violent storm »

Four houses were destroyed and more than 80 were damaged, according to Escambia County officials.

Several people were taken to hospitals in the Pensacola area, with what seemed to be minor injuries, Austin said.

Four people were treated for minor injuries at Baptist Hospital, and released, said spokeswoman Candy McGuyre.

"Here at the sheriff's office, we were evacuated down to the basement at one point," Austin said.

Officials have a system in place to deal with hurricanes, but not tornadoes, Fogg said. Still, shelters were quickly set up Thursday for the homeless, he said.

At least 6,800 homes and businesses were without power, according to Gulf Power spokesman John Hutchinson, who advised that it may take some time to restore electricity because of the continuing storms.

More stormy weather may be on its way.

Florida's emergency management officials issued a statement warning residents and visitors in north Florida that storms and isolated tornadoes were expected during the evening and overnight through Friday.

Earlier Thursday, two people died in their mobile home when high winds from a possible tornado hit northeastern Missouri, CNN affiliate KMBC reported.

Other tornadoes struck the southwestern part of the state but did not cause much damage, KMBC added.

Wednesday night, two tents were blown down at Tulsa, Oklahoma's, Oktoberfest, sending 21 people to hospitals, Tina Wells, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority, told The Associated Press.

Oktoberfest organizer Michael Sanders said he and about 2,000 other people went into a beer garden tent as a light rain started to fall on the festival.

"Soon as I got in there, within seconds, without warning, there was this huge gust of wind ... and the tent started collapsing," Sanders said.

The thunderstorms damaged about 25 mobile homes and travel trailers in a mobile home park near Oologah, northeast of Tulsa, the Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services District said.

None of the five injuries reported was believed to be life threatening, officials said. Trees and power lines were down throughout the area.

Four victims had been in one mobile home that was destroyed, AP reported.

Wind gusts in Kingfisher County reached 86 mph, Emergency Management Director Steve Loftis told the AP.

A tornado damaged six homes in a rural area near Mount Vernon, Missouri, Lawrence County Sheriff's Lt. Brad Delay said. Delay said he followed the tornado in his patrol car.

About 4 inches of rain brought flash flooding and high stream levels in Kansas City, Missouri, CNN affiliate KMBC reported.

A teenage boy was swept away by water rushing through a culvert, but he managed to pull himself to safety before rescuers arrived, KMBC reported.

Flooding from the same storm system is threatening the autumn harvest in Iowa, where high water also ruined farmers' first plantings in the spring, CNN affiliate KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, reported. - Source